Meera Syal On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets

Meera Syal

Meera Syal CBE was born in Wolverhampton in 1961. She attended Queen Mary’s High School before studying English and Drama at Manchester University, where she graduated with a first. Syal has established herself as a writer of screenplays, theatre, television and novels as well as being a journalist, comedian and actress

She has acted in notable plays such as Much Ado About Nothing in 2012 where she played the role of Beatrice at the Courtyard.  She also played Zebrunise in Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the Olivier theatre (2014) and as June in Killing of Sister George in 2011. She has written various  scripts and screenplays, including Bombay Dreams for Andrew Lloyd Webber and A. R. Rahman which was based off her original book.

Syal is well known for her role as grandmother Sushila in The Kumars at No. 42, which has won international Emmy- awards as well as running for seven series. Syal has appeared in many acclaimed TV series, including Doctor Who, Holby City and Beautiful People. Syal is also a notable writer, winning the Betty Trask Award for her book Anita and Me, as well as the Media Personality of the Year award for the Race in the Media awards 2000. On top of her success in the arts Syal also has an honorary degree from SOAS, University of London and University of Roehampton and is a visiting professor of contemporary theatre at Catherine’s College at Oxford University.

Returning to the West End in 2016, Syal played the role of the nurse in William Shakespere’s Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre directed by Kenneth Branagh. Syal starred alongside Richard Madden from Game of Thrones fame, Lily James and Derek Jacobi

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

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Annie Miss Hannigan Piccadilly Theatre 2017 News
Romeo and Juliet Nurse Garrick 2016

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers Zehrunisa Olivier Theatre 2014 Review
If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep Protester Royal Court 2013 Review
Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice The Courtyard 2012  
Killing of Sister George June Buckridge Arts 2011  
Shirley Valentine Shirley Trafalgar Studios One 2010 Review
Rafta, Rafta Lopa Dutt Lyttelton 2007 Review
Bombay Dreams Kitty Apollo Victoria 2004 Review

Shows Currently Featuring Meera Syal

Noises Off
Noises Off as Dotty Otley
Garrick Theatre
To Saturday, 4 January, 2020

"The funniest farce ever written." Evening Standard

Michael Frayn’s iconic backstage comedy Noises Off transfers to the West End, following a triumphant sell-out season at the Lyric Hammersmith.

With technical brilliance and split-second timing, it takes us behind the scenes with a company of actors in a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the unpredictability of life in the theatre. Hailed as one of the funniest plays of all time, the Olivier Award-winning Noises Off originally premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982 and instantly became a timeless British comedy.

In an exuberant new production by Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons, Wolf Hall,This House), Noises Off arrives at the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited run, for fans to enjoy and new audiences to discover.

Previous shows Featuring Meera Syal

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Noises Off (until 3rd August) Dotty Otley Lyric Hammersmith Theatre 2019
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